Friday, January 9, 2015

Georgia Calamint

Clinopodium georgianum
An upright, semi-evergreen shrubby perennial, reaching a maximum size of 2 x 5 feet, that is native to the southeastern U.S. ( from Louisiana to central Alabama to North Carolina; south to far northern Florida ). Originally somewhat common on sandy longleaf pine flatlands, it has been ravaged by habitat loss. Currently endangered in North Carolina and Florida.
The aromatic, rounded leaves are bright green.
The very abundant, bright pink flowers are borne late summer into early autumn.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. Cut back hard after flowering.

* photo taken on Oct 23 2014 @ U.S. Botanic Garden, Wash., DC


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Clinopodium dissitiflorum ( Indian Grave Mint )
An evergreen, shrubby perennial, reaching up to 16 inches x 3 feet, that is native to central Georgia. It was discovered as recently as 2003 and is critically endangered in the wild.
The intense pink flowers are borne late summer into mid-autumn.
Hardy zones 5 to 9 in full sun on well drained soil. It is easy to grow and is very drought tolerant.

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